Netherlands cuts aid to Palestinian Authority over terrorist salaries
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Netherlands cuts aid to Palestinian Authority over terrorist salaries

Aid ministry announced the move this week during annual budget talks, after the PA reportedly paid more than £150m to families of terrorists

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas

The Dutch government has cut funding for the Palestinian Authority over its salaries to terrorists serving time in Israeli jails.

The aid ministry announced the move Wednesday during annual budget talks.

In 2017, the Palestinian Authority paid about £154m ($198 m) to a fund for the families of terrorists killed during their attacks and about £124m ($160 million) to Palestinians being held in Israeli jails, according to Israeli Defense Ministry figures.

The Netherlands spends several million dollars each year on aid to the Palestinian Authority and Palestinian populations elsewhere in the Middle East but most of that money is given to agencies and nongovernmental organisations.

The country had given about £1.2m ($1.6 million) directly to the Palestinian Authority annually to pay the salaries of justice ministry employees.

The aid ministry said that talks with the Palestinian body “did not lead to the desired outcome.”

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